Wednesday, February 8, 2023

WageCan Debit Card Now Has Plugin for Edge/AirBitz Mobile Wallets

WageCan Debit Card Now Has Plugin for Edge/AirBitz Mobile Wallets

Blockchain asset wallet Edge will integrate with WageCan debit cards to let users load their card balances more easily. The wallet (formerly AirBitz) will provide a plugin and dedicated address for debit card balances.

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AirBitz Overhauls to Relaunch as Edge

Loading a cryptocurrency debit card usually involves logging into the card’s account on a site or mobile app, and transferring the funds manually. The Edge plugin removes several steps from this process, and users can load cards directly from the mobile app.

AirBitz, which has been a popular mobile blockchain wallet app on iOS and Android since 2014, rebranded as Edge on October 29th. Currently an invite-only beta, Edge is a (much-needed) complete overhaul of the app with a modular structure and support for multiple digital tokens.

AirBitz Edge

These include bitcoin, ether, litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Augur REP, Wings, and Matryx. The plan is for more token support and third-party plugins like WageCan’s that will see Edge become a more complete distributed application (DApp) platform.

Edge doesn’t have a firm release date yet but WageCan will also be available as a plugin on legacy AirBitz wallets.

WageCan Serves International Customers as Other Debit Cards Shut Them Out

Asia-based WageCan has also operated since 2014 but has received more attention in recent months, as several cryptocurrency debit card services were forced to shut out non-European users.

WageCan logoCustomers of popular debit card services like Wirex and Xapo had their cards abruptly canceled, and the companies are still “looking for a solution” for international users.

U.S. residents have access to local services like Coinbase’s Shift card, but are often shut out of international options. WageCan is truly international, offering different card tiers with options for most countries — including the U.S.

WageCan’s cards come in USD, EUR and GBP varieties. The company offers special deals for cryptocurrency miners, and those holding Estonian e-Residency can sign up using their digital IDs.

Of the Edge/AirBitz deal, WageCan CEO Franky Hu said:

“The Edge Team has created the most advanced, secure, and easy to use wallet app for crypto holders and users. We are extremely happy to integrate our service with such a great product and team. Airbitz users and later, Edge users, can order and use their WageCan Card to spend their crypto-assets all over the world.”

For background on AirBitz, listen to this interview with CEO Paul Puey by Jon Southurst and Daniel Cawrey on the Automata Podcast:

Do you use a bitcoin/cryptocurrency debit card? What do you like or dislike about it? Let’s hear your thoughts.

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